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Soldiers killed in clashes near Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region

BAKU (Reuters) - Clashes erupted between troops from Azerbaijan and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region at the weekend, the two sides said on Monday, giving conflicting death tolls and disputing who was to blame.<p>Violence has intensified this year around Nagorno-Karabakh, which has an ethnic …

Russia

The US and NATO are gaining valuable insights into Russia's military in Ukraine

The Minsk II agreement, signed earlier this year, has almost completely broken down, with Ukraine moving heavy weapons back to the front lines and the separatists reportedly calling in all of their forces who had been on leave.<p>Leading separatist figure Denis Pushilin warned that open warfare "can …

Pollution and overfishing plague the Caspian Sea

The land-locked ocean can no longer sustain life in its waters, or at market where Iranian fishermen struggle to make ends meet<p>In the wee hours of the morning, as the cold night breeze blows swiftly over the water before sunrise, the men gather. Wearing long plastic overalls and thin jackets, they …

Azerbaijan makes a mockery of justice as couple sentenced in political show trial

No one who witnessed persecution of Leyla and Arif Yunus could doubt that this was a vicious campaign against independent opponents, says <b>Tanya Lokshina</b><p>The court of grave crimes in Baku found leading Azeri activists, 59-year-old Leyla Yunus and her 60-year-old husband, Arif, guilty of swindling and …

Cheap oil drags down Russia's ruble

The Russian ruble has hit a new six-month low against the dollar, as Moscow struggles with tumbling oil prices and economic sanctions.<p>The currency plunged 1.3% to 65.7 rubles per dollar in the early hours of Monday. It has since recovered to 65.5 per dollar.<p>Russia's central bank stopped buying …

Gazprom's colossal deal with China is already looking like a terrible move for Russia

Morgan Stanley analysts on Monday morning suggested that construction of the necessary pipeline would be delayed by at least six months, taking the initial exports to mid-2019 at the earliest.<p>The initial deal had talked about beginning supplies as early as 2018.<p>Here's part of the note from Morgan …

Georgia warns Russia against 'escalation' near breakaway region

Tbilisi (AFP) - Georgia on Tuesday accused Russia of cutting off its citizens from their farmland by installing border signposts demarcating the …

Georgia '08: Putin's first dabble in hybrid war gone wrong

<i>"President" of the breakaway South Ossetia region, Eduard Kokoity stands near Russian tanks and troops in the South Ossetian town of Dzhava on August</i> …

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Viewpoint: What's behind Russia's actions in Georgia?

<b>Russia's latest alleged move against Georgia demonstrates that Moscow remains determined to disrupt the pro-Western course of this small South Caucasus state.</b><p>Late on 10 July, Russian troops placed new demarcation signposts along the administrative boundary between the annexed territory of South …

Russia

Central Asia’s Population Growth

For much of the former Soviet space, any demographic analysis focuses on the remarkable projected decline in the region’s population. Highlighting …

Central Asia

Kazakh Dealmaker Finds Profit, Peril in Central Asian Stans

From the second-floor balcony of his spacious hillside home in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Aidan Karibzhanov takes stock of his sprawling empire, which …

'Looming unrest in the oil sector' is rattling Central Asia's biggest country

Kazakhstan, like many others, is feeling the pain as black gold dips lower and lower.<p>But that's not the Central Asian country's only problem: The government is also concerned about "looming unrest in the oil sector" that has followed lower oil, according to a new report by Stratfor.<p>Right now, the …

This 12-minute workout plan will make intense exercise fun and easy to do

If you follow fitness news, you know that intense exercise has huge benefits.<p>Short bursts of high-intensity training can provide results similar to …

Exercise

Ten best plank variations to keep your core strong

Want to tone your abs but bored with the static, orthodox plank position? Personal fitness trainer Scott Laidler explains the ten more exciting options that can help you change up your workout<p>The plank exercise is a staple core exercise that works everything from your abdominals, lower back, …

France just cut a deal so that it won't have to deliver helicopter-carrying warships to Russia

Under the deal, France will repay all advance payments made by Russia and in return will have full freedom to do whatever it wants with the vessels, which contain some Russian technology.<p>Hollande went back on the order after coming under pressure from his Western allies not to deliver the Mistrals …

11 incredible pictures from Russia's International Army Games

But from August 1 to 15, Russia will still get to showcase its military might.<p>The International Army Games, which are taking place outside of Moscow, are Russia's way of strengthening military cooperation with 16 countries during a time of increased international isolation for Moscow, while also …

Georgia accuses Russia of violating international law over South Ossetia

Latest in series of surprise operations sees Russian troops erect new ’border’ markings several hundred metres deeper into disputed region<p>Georgia has accused Russia of violating international law after it erected new “border” markings in the disputed South Ossetia region, effectively seizing part …

Russia just folded several branches of its military into a new 'Aerospace Force'

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the decision offers "the optimal way of improving the system of the nation's aerospace defense."<p>The new branch will include the nation's air force, air defense, anti-missile and space forces.<p>Shoigu said that its creation has been prompted by the increasing …

Military

Russia to UN: We are claiming 463,000 square miles of the Arctic

The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometers (over 463,000 square miles) of Artic sea shelf extending more than 350 nautical miles (about 650 kilometers) from the shore.<p>Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction …

Many in Russia think a major political turning point is coming

Putin may claim that the National Endowment for Democracy and other nongovernmental organizations are "a threat to Russia's basic constitutional order," and his labeling them as dangerous enemies, along with the Russian democrats he calls "national traitors," is his typical way of rallying …

Russia